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LightPointe Takes Industry Leadership Position With World's Fastest, Lowest Latency Point-to-Point Wireless Bridges, the New Aire X-Stream Series

SAN DIEGO, CA and NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 11/13/12 -- LightPointe, the number one manufacturer of point-to-point Gigabit capacity FSO wireless bridges since 1998, and innovator in 60 and 80 GHz backhaul radios used by 4G carriers and enterprises, announced the introduction of a new line of ultra-fast, extreme low latency point-to-point radios and Free Space Optics wireless bridges. The Aire X-Stream Series includes the world's fastest wireless bridges -- faster than any existing backhaul radio or Free Space Optics data bridge. With equipment latency of less than 10 nanoseconds, a data transmission from an Aire X-Stream Series wireless bridge can even outrun a fiber optics transmission after just ten meters. Since the Aire X-Stream bridges can transmit up to several miles, the increase in performance over fiber and competing radios is significant. LightPointe has already sold and successfully deployed Aire X-Stream bridges into speed-sensitive applications, such as High Frequency Trading (HFT) for Wall Street.

"Our new Aire X-Stream Series offers the lowest latency solutions in the industry, hundreds of times faster than competing solutions offered by other radio vendors," said Dr. Heinz Willebrand, president and CEO of LightPointe and former Chief Technology Officer since the company's inception in 1998. "The Aire X-Stream Series is the culmination of over fourteen years of wireless bridge development at LightPointe and features the broadest line of high speed, low latency solutions available. We've reduced terminal latency down to an astonishingly low 10 nanoseconds or less. That's nano-seconds, not microseconds as competing systems are measured by. Increasingly, our customers are demanding the absolute minimum delay possible in transmitting their data from point A to point B, whether they are a service provider looking at ultra-low latency and transparent Sync-E, IEEE 1588 Ethernet clock distribution support, or a company involved in High Frequency Trading of stocks. The Aire X-Stream Series includes unlicensed 60 GHz radios for shorter distance small cell backhaul, 70/80 GHz for longer range point-to-point connectivity in the protected "light license" band, and a 4th generation unlicensed Free Space Optics bridge with the industry's only four-laser beam, auto-tracking system. Whether the customer chooses radio frequency technology, or highly secure optical transmission, LightPointe's Aire X-Stream Series provides one-stop shopping for any organization looking for the absolute fastest, lowest latency point-to-point connectivity, and up to 2.5 Gigabits per second."

LightPointe is unique in the wireless industry in that the company manufactures both radio frequency and optical/laser bridges, each of which has its advantages in different deployment scenarios. For example, Free Space Optics systems, which use one or more laser beams to transmit data from one point to another, are often deployed in networks where the security and integrity of the signal is critical, such as in private networks where companies or government agencies do not want their data to be transmitted with other data.

LightPointe's wireless bridges, such as the new Aire X-Stream Series, are designed to help eliminate the possibility of eavesdropping and cyber-attacks, since they provide true point-to-point data transmission, rather than having a signal traverse a random labyrinth of fiber optics and copper cables, routers and other computers. In fact, many of LightPointe's wireless bridges are virtually impossible to physically intercept, and can be used with all forms of network data encryption.

LightPointe's sales have taken off this year, largely due to companies and organizations wanting to own and control their own campus networks (CAN), thus removing sensitive data transmissions from outside and third party providers. This is especially important in mission critical applications such as the military, homeland security, financial sector and for utility companies whose networks can be vulnerable. In addition to security concerns, organizations have turned to Free Space Optics wireless bridges and millimeter wave backhaul radios because of their "pencil beam" transmission capability, which delivers a signal precisely and avoids spectrum availability issues.

"We are seeing increased interest in the point-to-point wireless market, and customers are choosing both radio frequency technology and optical transmission technology depending on the application, installation location, regulatory environment, security needs and performance requirements," continued Heinz Willebrand. "Our sales are up dramatically this year, largely due to demand for low latency wireless bridges, including our new Aire X-Stream X80-2.5G model, a 70/80 GHz e-band system which includes two radios coupled to one antenna. The system has been well-received by companies deploying High Frequency Trading networks. Since landlords leasing installation sites and towers often charge by the antenna -- and LightPointe can connect two 1.25 Gbps radios to one antenna -- the deployment and recurring costs are lower with LightPointe's solution. With the lowest latency 60 and 80 GHz radios in the industry, and lowest latency Free Space Optics system on the market, we now have the best portfolio of ultra-fast, highly secure wireless backhaul solutions available."

About LightPointe Communications, Inc.
LightPointe is a San Diego-based manufacturer of wireless Gigabit capacity bridges for enterprise and 4G/LTE carrier markets, including small cell backhaul. Its AirePointe division ( also delivers wireless solutions to the government sector and security industry. LightPointe is majority owned by Berg & Berg Enterprises, LLC, the US$550,000,000 private venture arm of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur who is consistently listed on the Forbes list of billionaires. The company's interests include Mission West Properties (NASDAQ) and over 100 investments in chip, software and technology companies including Amdahl, Sun Microsystems and Integrated Device Technologies.

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